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  • More from Peter Diamandis

    “3D Printing Across All Retail Sectors” section made me think about Pirates a bunch.

  • Just saved the following URL’s in full page screen capture format and in the Internet Archive:

    The Huge Game Legacy Thread

    Guide to huge games of Pirates CSG


    https://pirateswithben.com/the-2011-cumulative-game/
    https://pirateswithben.com/pirates-csg-risk-battle-report/

    Throughout the day/week I will edit…[Read more]

  • Plunder Pack on sale a bit at HWG, but still $15 more than the original MSRP.

  • @Xerecs: Great comment! CG’s take a TON of time. I wasn’t aware/didn’t remember that this year’s CoEC was on more of a time constraint.

    I’ve lost count of how many Pirates Podcasts I’ve been in, but each and every one was fun to make and participate in.

    Love hearing that! 🙂

    I want to be able to make some headway with my SS project on VAS…

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  • @Xerecs: I would consider the UPS fleets gimmicky since they use a very specific strategy that relies on a rarely seen ability. I simply didn’t include them because they almost literally always win. XD

    It’s a bit of a gray area with the “gimmick” category. Sea creatures are somewhat gimmicky; eventually it becomes a matter of opinion. That…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic News and Updates Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Woelf now has editing access to the Master Spreadsheet, so if there are any remaining errors you find in that starting 12/14, he can make the corrections for the shared Google sheet version.

  • I’m not sure if you’re the first person to figure this out for a campaign or not, but it does represent a sound strategy that few factions can match, since the Spanish have the most of those kind of ships and crew.

    I think that’s where the “publicity” aspect of “modern” campaign games comes into play.  It’s quite probable that someone played a ca…[Read more]

  • @John White: Welcome aboard matey!

    @Jeremiah: Some pretty powerful lighthouses!  For the Cursed Seas ability, can you place that terrain directly under ships?  If you wanted a friendly Cursed ship to enter a fog bank to hide from an enemy, could you?

    About The Obelisk…

    This treasure can’t be removed from this ship unless she sinks.

    For Nem…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic 2019 End of Year Awards in the forum Pirates CSG 2 days, 12 hours ago

    I’m also partial to the pregame map from my IRL game with The Keymaster

    O_O  When I saw this sentence in the email notification without the image under it, I was thrown for a massive loop.  XD  I’m pretty sure there was a user at Miniature Trading with that exact username (The Keymaster) who wasn’t the admin or anything.  I figured you must have…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic The eBay Sales thread in the forum Pirates CSG 2 days, 13 hours ago

    In addition to that lot I mentioned, plenty of interesting stuff being bid on right now.  Newest are RV Constitution, big lot of SCS Promos and other stuff, and a sealed 36 pack box of MI.

  • Gimmicks For The Win
    How Using Unconventional Gameplay Methods Can Occasionally Pay Off

    For a long time I’ve been interested in using “gimmicks” in Pirates CSG games – this is generally any kind of strategy […]

    • I take it UPS fleets are not “Gimmick” fleets, since they’re so competitive?

      Would using Sea Monsters/Creatures count as a Gimmick? I once won a deathmatch scenario with a majority Sea Monster fleet.

      • @Xerecs: I would consider the UPS fleets gimmicky since they use a very specific strategy that relies on a rarely seen ability. I simply didn’t include them because they almost literally always win. XD

        It’s a bit of a gray area with the “gimmick” category. Sea creatures are somewhat gimmicky; eventually it becomes a matter of opinion. That does sound impressive!

  • @KaiserG: Thanks for commenting! Great to hear you’ve been able to play!

  • Pirates: 2019 Year in Review
    Hi everyone! This is a thread where you can share what Pirates stuff happened over the past year. It can be just about anything, from accomplishments to purchases to cool ideas. If […]

    • 2019 was either stronger or weaker in regards to Pirates for me, depending on how you look at it.

      My group of friends and I haven’t ordered a lot of product this year – most of our orders were made 2018, with only 2 or 3 having happened this year – but we’ve played a good number of games together. Had a little bit of situation at one point caused by a difference in playstyles, but got over that and continued playing not too long after.

      We actually played a game with someone else! A friend pulled a surprise visit (was a surprise for two of us, planned by the third) and played a round. He seemed to like it, though he was a bit baffled by things, so here’s hoping we can play with him again sometime.

      The big hit this year was our (failed) Barbary Coast draft. I pulled my first (and our collective third) Super Rare pack! Unfortunately due to time constraints the draft was pack opening only and no games, but the experience of drafting from a limited selection of game pieces was enjoyed by all of us, and future drafts with other boxes, even if we have the majority of game pieces found in them, are a possibility.

      For 2020 I’m not asking for much. Just more games with my friends and good times shared by the three of us. Another Super Rare pack would be amazing, and maybe, just maybe, some packs of the rarer sets for a good price (SCS being the big wish here, haha).

    • It seems that my years revolve around the campaign games I play in the summer. Preparing and figuring out the space to play, getting the map tables set up, playing the game, etc.

      This year I set the new record of second largest physical campaign played, something I did not believe was possible, especially in the even more limited playing time this last Summer.

      I was able to make a few more islands for Pirates games, some finished just before play started for the Summer game. I hope to make more and maybe even give some away. In a similar vein, I was able to bring more of my custom ships off of the paper, including some designed by JWDarkhurst.

      Pirates video content for me has been slow. Some of this is due to me procrastinating and watching anime. 😀 That said, I was able to fully document the annual Summer game, continue coverage of CG4 and a few prominent games that I played at other times in the year, such as the Hunt for the Mask of Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FUYxMCsBk
      Coming back around to making islands, I was able to put together a two part tutorial that details how I more or less make islands for pirates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blW6dXBFUyw&list=PLY5ESzOKns5h55wtR_1MTo-Ha6nfda7kg

      I’ve lost count of how many Pirates Podcasts I’ve been in, but each and every one was fun to make and participate in.

      Sadly, the only other person that my brothers I have played with on a consistent basis moved away to somewhere in Oregon. We totally brought this guy into pirates, introduced him to the game, and played two campaigns with him. Before he left we had one last “Pirates Weekend” where we fit about 5 games into the space of a Saturday and Sunday.

      Looking into 2020, I’m excited but also nervous. This summer will be the 5th anniversary of a Summer Campaign, and my brothers and I are already looking forward to it. I very much want to re-make all of my old campaign reports into videos, a daunting task. I want to be able to make some headway with my SS project on VASSAL, but I’m going to need some hardware upgrades for that I think. Speaking of VASSAL, I want to play more games with fellow pirates, and possibly make it a recurring segment on my Chanel. Furthermore I have some lofty ideas that I want to try on VASSAL, again with fellow pirates from the community.
      I do hope to continue making islands, refining my techniques along the way; as well as expand the number of Custom Ships I bring off of the paper. Speaking of Customs, I’m eagerly looking forward to the next Custom Set that I’ve been working on with JWDarkhurst. It’s been in the works since last fall.
      Hopefully real life issues will allow me to continue to make content for this game, and this community, that is my biggest hope for Pirates in 2020.

      • @Xerecs: Great comment! CG’s take a TON of time. I wasn’t aware/didn’t remember that this year’s CoEC was on more of a time constraint.

        I’ve lost count of how many Pirates Podcasts I’ve been in, but each and every one was fun to make and participate in.

        Love hearing that! 🙂

        I want to be able to make some headway with my SS project on VASSAL, but I’m going to need some hardware upgrades for that I think.

        That makes two of us, especially for the Caribbean/World games in the distant future.

        Sounds like a great year ahead! 😀

  • Ben replied to the topic The Random Topic Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 3 days, 8 hours ago

    A bit early this year, but the 2019 Year in Review post is up.

  • Pirates CSG Podcast #50: The Call-In Podcast!

    You can listen to the audio via ShoutEngine!

    You can also listen on Archive.org.

    The Pirate C […]

  • If you’d like to nominate certain items for the various categories, please do so.  We can vote in this thread as well.  I’m completely fine if people just post their favorite submission for the year in each category.  Right now I don’t have time to go through all the criteria and try to make a list of each, and low turnout in the past doesn’t…

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  • Ben replied to the topic The Podcast Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Pirates CSG Podcast #50: The Call-In Podcast!

    You can listen to the audio via ShoutEngine!

     

    You can also listen on Archive.org.
    The Pirate Code: https://pirateswithben.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/The-Pirate-Code-FAQ-Dec-2016.pdf
    Find all the game pieces in the Master Sp…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic The Podcast Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 4 days, 14 hours ago

    @Jeremiah: Awesome!

    If other people want to make podcasts about Pirates CSG when I’m not around, please go ahead!  I only ask that you call it something other than “Pirates CSG Podcast” to avoid confusion – even just “Blackheart’s Pirates CSG Podcast” would be enough.

  • Ben replied to the topic The eBay Sales thread in the forum Pirates CSG 4 days, 22 hours ago

    This looks awesome: Lot with many sets including decent quantity and some SE’s.

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